Saturday, June 2, 2018

Audrey is turning TEN!

Helloooo-loo-lo. Anybody out there? It's been a very long while since I've blogged for Audrey--I'm a little rusty! But I figured this was the appropriate platform to invite you to her TENTH (how can it be?) birthday party. This is a big one...a two digit number that nearly a decade ago I wouldn't have anticipated hitting. God has been so good to give us so many years with the sweetest girl.

When we lost Luke, many people came together for his funeral. People I saw daily, people I hadn't seen in years, people I had never even met. And I remember being blown away and so touched but wishing it was better circumstances that brought us together. So here is our better circumstance! If you have known and loved Audrey, or ever wanted to meet Audrey, please join us for a come and go (or come and stay as long as you like!) party for our girl. And if you are unsure if I mean you, I do!  These words have found their way in front of you, so consider yourself warmly invited. It would be wonderful to reconnect with teachers, therapists, and friends from our past. She sure would love to see her people. It's the best way I can think of to ring in this milestone birthday.

I don't have much of a plan yet and I don't have a theme (food and fun sure to be included), but it's only a week away so I wanted to get the word out ASAP. If you think you may attend, click THIS LINK for details and to RSVP. Hope to see you soon!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Audrey is Six!

How can this little squished shnook be 6 already?
Birth day!

FIRST birthday!

SECOND birthday!

THIRD birthday!

First day ever of school.

Mother's day 2012.

FOURTH birthday!

FIFTH birthday.
First day of kinder.
Vacationing at Morgan's Wonderland.

Valentines Day 2014.

And today! Mimi with the birthday girl!
Four outta five ain't bad.
With your pretty flowers from the George's. 

I wanted to just add a few photos to start but got carried away. It's been a fun and adorable six years. Can't wait to celebrate you on Saturday. Happy birthday Audrey Boo.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Birthday Celebration!

Usually, I write this blog to Audrey, but this time I am writing it to you. Audrey is turning SIX on June 9th! Can you believe it?? She is finishing up her kindergarten year and in August will be a first grader. Wow.

Every year we have with Audrey we cherish. Each birthday is a pretty big deal, considering we didn't even know if she would make it to the first one. While we know next year is never promised with any of our children, we are always a bit more aware of that with Audrey. I haven't thrown her a party for the last couple of birthdays but this year I won't miss that opportunity.

So this is your invitation. Calling all family, friends, Sunday school teachers, therapists, neighbors and other loved ones. If it's been a while since you've seen Audrey and need to hug her neck, come! If you saw her just yesterday, come! If you have never had the chance to meet her but would like to, come! Basically if you love Audrey and want to celebrate with us, come!

We are going to have a come and go (or come and stay!) party the afternoon of June 14th. I'm not entirely sure what the afternoon will look like yet, but I do know I need to give you a heads up so we can get on your calendar. Whatever happens, there will for sure be fun, something sweet to eat, and most importantly Audrey.

Please send me an email at and I'll send you the evite. Don't be shy, we want to see you! Come grab a (insert future sugary treat here), play some foosball or a pick up game of basketball, and let me take a picture of you with our birthday girl.

Now this next part I have wrestled with including but I think it's such a cool idea I'm just going to go for it. 

We do not expect you to bring Audrey a gift! We only ask for you to show up. I thought about saying no gifts please, but I know some people just want to bring them anyway. If that is the case, Audrey is not an easy gal to shop for. So at the risk of sounding totally tacky, I have a suggestion.

A storybook with your name in the front cover would be the perfect token gift if you hate the idea of walking in empty handed. But while Audrey's vision is so-so, her sense of hearing is where it's at. So if you bring a book (or even if you don't!) would you please consider making a voice recording of yourself (with or without other family members) reading a story to Audrey, and then emailing it to me? I will put all of them together on a playlist for her to listen to during quiet time. This is something you can do even if you can't make the party (ahem, out of town and SLOS family). Audrey absolutely recognizes voices and loves to be read books. It would be so awesome for her to have "interaction" with those who love her whenever she wants.  If this is something you choose to do, you can email your recording to the same email address as above.

I've done a horrible job keeping up blogs lately, but even still, you have been along "Audrey's Path" with us for most of the journey. We are so looking forward to celebrating her six years with you!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sleep Becomes Her

Today was the day you finally took a nap at school. I think that is a good decision Shnook. If you rest a bit then you can better enjoy your afternoon...whimper free. :-)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Going Strong

Audrey, you had a fantastic first week of school! You never succumbed to sleep while in class, even though you were given opportunities to nap and your journal today mentioned "whimpering off and on." (So cute and pitiful.) Either you are afraid to miss something or you think staying awake is what we expect from you at school. Regardless of which, your stamina and sheer determination has blown me away! Each afternoon you arrived home awake and talkative so I encouraged you to hold out a few more hours until bedtime...nevermind that every day bedtime came a bit sooner than the night before. Thankfully tomorrow is Saturday--your favorite "big kid" thing to do is sleep in and this week you earned it!

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of KINDER!

So big!
I can't believe today is your first day of kindergarten! Maybe it is because you are so tiny, it doesn't seem possible you could leave on the school bus and not come back for 8.5 HOURS. Or maybe it is because in your early months/years I never imagined this day would come. I remember watching as parents lamented this huge milestone and would think to myself, "Consider the alternative. Your child could quite literally stay in the baby stage forever and never go off to school, make new friends, learn new things. This is good. This is what you want." At that point, I didn't know school was even a possibility for you. Now the time is here and you are gone. I miss you, but am thrilled knowing you love school and receive excellent care there. Your teachers, nurse, therapists, bus driver and bus aide are all the same from last year, and each is wonderful.

So even though nothing changed for this school year other than the amount of time you will be gone, we woke up early to take those all important "first day of school" photos. Thankfully traffic was terrible and the bus was late, otherwise you may have gotten on the bus and left us with this.

You have no idea what it takes to get a decent picture of all of us around here. An act of God. ACT OF GOD.
With the extra minutes, we were able to grab some better photos to help remember this day.
As good as it's gonna get today.

So happy to go to school.
We love you Audrey!
This is what the proud parents of a kinder kid look like.
Or more specifically, this is what the proud parents of OUR kinder kid look like.
You came home with a great report. Even though you were given the opportunity, you didn't nap at all. I am so impressed. Last year you came home around noon and would sleep for 3 or 4 hours. I figured you would be exhausted today but instead you talked to me...LOUDLY...for a long time, telling me all about your day. Eventually you drifted off in your chair, and I let you catch a quick 45 minute nap before waking you. That was enough to keep you alert until bedtime at 8:00. You may not be able to sustain this pace all week, but already you have way exceeded my expectations. So proud of my kinder girl!
Lots to say about your day!